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2007 March 7 - 13 [LABOR]

Workers converge for victory in Spring Struggle

March 7, 2007
The National Confederation of Trade Unions (Zenroren) and the People’s Spring Struggle Joint Committee on March 6 held rallies and demonstrations in central Tokyo to achieve victory in the Spring Struggle.

Calling for job security and an increase in wages, some 8,000 workers, including part-time and contingent workers, took part in this concerted action, the largest in the first round of this year’s Spring Struggle.

In dealing with the immediate challenges such as low wages, adverse revisions of labor legislation, and a bill to establish procedures for revision of the Constitution, Zenroren President Ban’nai Mistuo at a rally at the Hibiya Amphitheater called on participants to achieve an advance in the Spring Struggle without fail.

After the rally, participants marched in demonstration to the Diet Building and through the popular Ginza district separately.

In front of the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren) building, 900 workers shouted, “Give back a fair share of the huge profits of large corporations to workers! Equal pay for equal jobs! Raise the minimum hourly wage to 1,000 yen!”

In opposition to a series of cutbacks in public services, 2,000 government employees made representations to the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry, the National Personnel Authority, and the Administrative Reform Promotion Office as well as to a number of Dietmembers. In front of the Health, Labor, and Welfare Ministry, they called for scrapping the bill to privatize the Social Insurance Agency.

About 1,500 workers working for taxi, railroad, harbor, aviation and other transport-related industries took to the streets around the Land, Infrastructure, and Transport Ministry, demanding that the government ensure transportation safety which has been undermined as a result of a series of deregulation measures.

Calling for an increase in the number of doctors and nurses as well as an improvement in the health care system, 400 healthcare workers made representations to the Health, Labor, and Welfare Ministry.
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